Bowyer: We won’t go crash, bang, wallop in transfer market

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer on Tuesday put in bids to bag a striker and a midfielder on a permanent basis.

The Addicks boss wants to boost his depleted squad with the backing of new owners East Street Investments ploughing a game-changing windfall into club coffers.

A meeting on Tuesday with new chairman Matt Southall has already enabled Bowyer to put down a marker about his intentions with two big-money offers to other clubs. Bowyer also revealed there have been no bids for top striker Lyle Taylor, after ESI withdrew the offer of a contract for the hitman.

“We are trying to bring players in,” said Bowyer. “Whether there will be bids for Lyle, I cannot control.  But we are trying to improve the squad. The chairman recognises the amount of injuries we have. We made two offers. We are trying really hard.

“We will not go crash-bang-wallop. It is a steady process of improving the squad. We have already brought in Andre Green from Aston Villa. We are hoping these two bids come off. But January is a tough time – no club wants to lose players because then they have to replace them, so it can take more time than you would like.”

Southall said: “The main thing is the club stays in the Championship. We need more bodies in. We looked at Andre in the summer but financially, we could not get to where Villa were. But he did well against West Brom.”

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